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  • Farewell from Take Two

    January 24, 2014

    Nearly five years ago, the two of us embarked on a journey to take what we’ve learned from the RTB scholars and apply it to our everyday lives—the ones filled with movies and comic conventions, superheroes and literary classics. By connecting science and philosophy with pop culture, we hoped to share with you, our dear readers, how “sci-phi” can connect people to a deeper understanding of God’s creation, character, and artistry.

    • General Apologetics
  • Are You Looking for God in the Little Things?

    January 17, 2014

    I found it ironic that this passage from 1 Kings popped up in a daily devotional email today. Within this week, Southern California has experienced howling winds, a 4.4 earthquake, and now, as I write this, a fire is raging in the hills near RTB headquarters. I’m ready to listen for that “gentle whisper.”

    • Natural Disasters
  • Gentle Disagreement in the Creation-Evolution Debate

    January 10, 2014

    In the war of the worldviews, it’s easy to dehumanize the enemy. Opposing sides remain unwilling to compromise, convinced their position is the right one. This tactic all too often finds its way into conversations about creation and evolution.

    • People of Faith
    • TCM - Human Origins
    • Human Origins and the Bible
  • Bright Lights, Sparkling Trees, Joyful Music, Delicious Treats

    December 25, 2013

    In case you missed it, WestJet’s Christmas Miracle video spread holiday cheer across the Interwebz over the last few weeks. The video shows Santa asking WestJet passengers what they’d like for Christmas, and they asked for everything from socks and underwear to a big screen TV. While the unsuspecting travelers were in flight from Toronto to Calgary, WestJet elves scurried to fill the requests.

    • Incarnation
    • Christian Life
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  • Is God Too Busy for Us?

    December 20, 2013

    Gift-giving, though a big part of the holiday season, can get mired in a lot of debate. But beneath all the hoopla, there’s something about a thoughtful gift that touches the heart. A good present shows that the giver truly understands and cares about the recipient—like the giant carton of goldfish crackers my husband, Darren, gave me for my birthday this year. Some might call that a gifting faux pas, but because I really, really like goldfish crackers, it was perfect because I knew Darren understood me.

    • Christian Life
  • RTB Is on the Move

    December 13, 2013

    When The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey film released last year, I wrote an article about how Bilbo’s willingness to leave his cozy hobbit hole might cause us to consider stepping out of our comfort zone. Who would’ve known that exactly one year later, RTB would be in the midst of our own move?

    • Christian Life
  • Little Differences Show Up Big in Gene Expression

    December 6, 2013

    I am what some of my friends affectionately call “vertically challenged.” The sun visor in my car is often useless to me and, depending on the chair, my feet don’t always lie flat on the floor. Several of my coworkers at RTB share these trials with me—but though we are short, we hope to help make a big difference in the lives of people RTB reaches.

    • Humans vs. Chimps
  • Celebrating God's Goodness

    November 27, 2013

    Clouds stretched out like cotton balls wisped across a cerulean sky washed clean of smog from yesterday’s rain. I pulled my eyes away from the traffic to catch a glimpse of the display then whispered to my dashboard, “Thank you, Jesus.”

    • Christian Life
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  • Why C. S. Lewis' Integration of Reason and Imagination Matters

    November 22, 2013

    Today marks the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis’ death. In the half a century since his passing, Lewis’ keen ability to join what is assumed incompatible (reason and imagination) remains largely unmatched.

    • People of Faith
    • General Apologetics
  • Thor and the Beginning of the Universe

    November 15, 2013

    In continuation of the Marvel Comics movie franchise, Thor: The Dark World hit theatres this autumn. As Thor is my personal favorite of the Avengers heroes, I went to see the film for the sheer enjoyment of it (and enjoyable it was), but while taking in the entire spectacle, something in the film’s opening monologue piqued my curiosity.

    • Big Bang
  • Who Were the Nephilim?

    November 8, 2013

    Thor: The Dark World, the latest addition to the Marvel cinematic universe, hits theatres today. If you’re looking for a tale of other worldly warriors, look no further than the Bible.

    • Bible Difficulties
  • Secrets of Tyrannosaurus Rex

    October 31, 2013

    Though horror movies and haunted houses give me nightmares (literally), this Halloween I’ve got a monster on the brain, namely that ancient bone-cruncher the Tyrannosaurus rex. First named and described in 1905, this toothy fellow is one of the best loved dinos as well as one of the most researched, thanks to a high number of fossil finds.

    • Dinosaurs
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  • IT'S ALIVE! ALIVE! But Should Scientists Play God?

    October 25, 2013

    If ever there were an RTB book to read around Halloween, it would be Creating Life in the Lab. Author and biochemist Fazale Rana focuses on scientists’ attempts to create a novel life-form—to find the elixir of life. The connection to Frankenstein is obvious, and Rana refers to Mary Shelley’s classic book throughout his own. In light of scientists’ fascinating quest to create synthetic life, Rana poses a provocative question: Should humans play God?

    • Artificial Life in the Lab
  • Viruses, Disease, and a Loving God

    October 18, 2013

    Though autumn is largely a source of joy, it also brings a few drawbacks, namely colds and other “bugs.” Flu shot reminders sit next to Halloween displays and hand sanitizer is a must-have. In my own family, sickness arrived in the form of head colds, sore throats, pink eye, and, for one family member, a nasty stomach ailment. Things are yucky.

    • Problem of Evil
  • Hope for the Forever Empty

    October 11, 2013

    Perhaps you’ve seen the clip, or perhaps you’ve heard conversations ‘round the Internet’s water cooler (Facebook). But here’s the scoop in case you haven’t: A few weeks ago comedian Louis C.K. offered a brilliant, albeit colorful, rant on how smartphones are impacting our culture.

    • Worldviews
    • Heaven and Hell
    • Christian Life
  • Do We Suffer from Nature-Deficit Disorder?

    October 4, 2013

    Some say mine is the last generation to know what it means to engage in unstructured outdoor play. Though I grew up in the city, I enjoyed plenty of endless summer days on my cousins’ farm in Missouri. My favorite childhood memories include building hay forts in their barn, riding dirt bikes on back roads, and jumping off the dock into the muddy pond. Limited adult supervision and vast woods to be explored assured that the words “I’m bored” never crossed our minds.

    • Christian Life
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  • The Good News about Comet ISON

    September 27, 2013

    We could be in for a celestial treat this holiday season thanks to a visitor from the distant Oort Cloud. First detected in December 2011, Comet ISON is believed to hold the potential to become the comet of the twenty-first century—if it can survive its trip around the Sun, that is. As I write, this much-anticipated traveler is approaching Mars and can be seen through most backyard telescopes.

    • Astronomy and the Bible
  • Are Earthquakes God's Fault?

    September 20, 2013

    It was a typical post-church brunch at the local IHOP. The din of countless conversations and forks clanking against plates filled the restaurant. Then, without warning, the floor beneath us began to quiver. Forks and pancake-stuffed jaws dropped as we waited for the trembling to increase or cease. Breaking the silence, an anxious eater proclaimed the shaking’s cause.

    • Plate Tectonics
    • Natural Disasters
  • Extra Grace Required in Science-Faith Relationships

    September 13, 2013

    We all know people who tend to deplete our reserves of patience and good will. (Perhaps we’ve even been one of these folks.) I’ve taken to identifying such people as "EGRs": extra grace required. This label, which I adopted from a guest speaker at my church, helps remind me to reign in my irritability and pray for an extra measure of patience when dealing with difficult people. After all, I require extra grace, too.

    • Christian Life
  • Stress and the Pursuit of (True) Happiness

    September 7, 2013

    Here’s the scoop: Our editorial team is working tirelessly to bring you several new resources—a book on the end times, a book on the Genesis creation days, a science-faith devotional for students, plus rereleases (and e-book editions) of a couple of out-of-print RTB titles.

    • Biochemical Design
    • Christian Life
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